It took a while, but one of Sergio Conceicao’s priorities for the 2020-21 season was resolved, in time for the midfielder’s presence on the Algarve stage. Sassuolo’s harassment was not enough to derail the midfielder from his planned path. The other priority is the left back.
It was 13 minutes past 11 at night when a private plane landed at Francisco de Sá Carneiro airport to take midfielder Marko Grujic to Porto. It was the culmination of weeks of negotiations, and a lot of pressure on the part of the Serbian player, who this Tuesday will already be at the disposal of Sergio Conceição, perhaps so that he can take part in the preparatory match with Nadia, which precedes FC. Porto match, on Wednesday, for training in the Algarve.
In recent days, Grujic has been the target of private harassment by the Italians from Sassuolo and has also been in the news, in England and the Netherlands, as a potential bargaining chip with PSV Eindhoven striker Malin. As O JOGO has always written, the midfielder was delaying the decision, waiting for FC Porto to go ahead to finalize the deal, and it happened on Monday.
At the end of the afternoon, there was white smoke in the negotiations with Liverpool and the player – who was still training with the team, but was already part of the layoffs – was ordered to leave the England team’s training camp in Salzburg, Austria, and board the private flight. which brought him back to Portugal.
As far as O JOGO can be sure, this return will be final, but the details of the deal could not be confirmed. In principle, a one-year loan with a mandatory purchase option will be lined up, somewhere between ten million and 12 million euros.
It would come as no surprise that Grujic’s arrival coincides with the departure of a FC Porto midfielder who is with one foot inside and the other outside the club, waiting for interested parties to make the promised (and long-awaited) proposals to Porto. Sergio Oliveira and Vitor Ferreira are at the top of this list.